Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Brooklyn's New Utrecht Reformed Church

-Since 1677-


October 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Christmas Decorations Among Items at Brooklyn Thrift Sale


BROOKLYN - Christmas decorations are among the items featured as the New Utrecht Reformed Church opens its Parish House Saturday, October 24, for a thrift sale with proceeds to benefit the historic church complex in Bensonhurst. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is available in the church lot off 18th Ave. between 83rd and 84th Streets.
"This fall we have some beautiful Christmas decorations that have been donated," Rose Lood, a church leader, says. "And all the proceeds will benefit this historic site." The church building, which is undergoing a $2 million repair and restoration, dates back to 1828. The New Utrecht Church was founded in 1677.
Mrs. Lood, who remembers when her mother would set aside items for the church thrift sales more than 75 years ago, says besides Christmas decorations "gently used" clothing, linens and handbags will be offered for sale, along with toys, books, housewares and jewelry.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be available to purchase.
A famous "Liberty Pole," the last of its kind in the nation, stands on the church's front lawn. The original New Utrecht cemetery, maintained to this day by the church, is a few blocks away. Information on the history of Brooklyn, long before the borough got its name, is available from Friends of Historic New Utrecht at (718) 256-7173 and at www.historicnewutrecht.org and www.newutrechtchurch.org. Information also can be obtained by sending an e-mail to mail@historicnewutrecht.org.
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                                           October 2009

Friday, October 09, 2009

Street renamed after Friends leader

The corner of 83rd St. and 18th Ave. was renamed Robert M. Buonvino Place at a ceremony on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 26. Relatives of the late Troop 20 Scoutmaster and Friends of Historic New Utrecht President unveiled the street sign. Politicians and community leaders remembered the historian, who died Mar. 19, as one who supported the restoration of the historic New Utrecht Reformed Church, the preservation of the Liberty Pole and the living history of New Utrecht. (Photos by Vincent La Marca)

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